December 1, 1998
MINUTES OF ACADEMIC COUNCIL
Motion to approve by McDougall, seconded by McGowan. Minutes approved unanimously.
- Proposed new options in the B.S. in Agribusiness: It is proposed to add four options
to the B.S. in Agribusiness: Agribusiness, Horticulture, Animal Science, and Technology.
Questions were raised about the particular intent of the "technology" option and what
the meaning of "technology" is in this context. Ford indicated that in the context
of agriculture it is not restricted to expertise in technologies. Jones observed
that the preponderance criterion (more than fifty percent of required courses must
be in the core) is not met by the Technology option. Shaw responded that the technology
option in industrial technology is only 50% core and was approved by the CBHE. There
was a brief discussion of possible incorporation of business courses into the agribusiness
major. McDougall moved and McGowan seconded approval. The proposal was approved
- Change in options in the B.S. in Agriculture: Ford explained that there is now a
certification opportunity available in agriculture which was not available five years
ago. The proposed curricular changes are patterned after the new certification requirements.
McGowan moved and Shaw seconded approval. The motion was approved unanimously.
- Elimination of the B.A. in Economics: McDougall detailed background for proposed
elimination of the B.A. in Economics. The major no longer attracts majors and the
Department of Economics is turning its energies towards developing alternatives that
appeal more directly to students' professional goals. McDougall moved and McGowan
seconded approval. The motion was approved unanimously.
- Revision of the B.S.B.A. in Economics: It is proposed to add two options to the B.S.B.A.
in Economics: Business Economics and Financial Economics. The revised curriculum
will allow the Department of Economics to appeal more directly to students' professional
goals, as indicated above. McDougall moved and Kellerman seconded approval. The motion
was approved unanimously.